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Canadian Parliament Holds First Reading of Bill to Create Framework to Regulate Nanotechnology

On June 8, 2016, the House of Commons held its first reading of an Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) (nanotechnology) (C-287). The bill would add Part 6.1 to CEPA primarily to implement...more

EC Amends Cosmetics Regulation to Allow Use of Titanium Dioxide (Nano) as UV Filter

The European Commission (EC) published on July 14, 2016, a regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union that amends Annex VI, the list of ultraviolet (UV) filters allowed in cosmetic products, of the cosmetics...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, July 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Launches Advisory Panels: On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched two advisory panels designed to facilitate small businesses to provide feedback to EPA...more

OECD Publishes Dossier Summaries for CNTs, Fullerenes, and Silicon Dioxide

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published several dossier summaries for nanomaterials tested as part of its Testing Program of Manufactured Nanomaterials....more

NanoSafety Cluster Publishes 2016 Edition of Compendium of Projects

On July 11, 2016, the NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) published the 2016 edition of the Compendium of Projects in the European NanoSafety Cluster. According to NSC, the focus of investment and research “has moved increasingly...more

EC Denies 2014 Petition Seeking EU-Wide Ban on Nanoparticles

On June 29, 2016, the European Commission (EC) provided a notice to the European Parliament regarding its response to a 2014 petition calling for a European Union (EU)-wide ban on microplastics and nanoparticles. The...more

CRS Prepares “Policy Primer” on Nanotechnology

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a June 28, 2016, report, Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer. The report provides an overview of federal research and development (R&D) in nanotechnology, U.S. competitiveness in...more

EFSA Priority Topics for Guidance Development Include Nanotechnologies

On June 20, 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion entitled “Priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance by EFSA’s Scientific Committee in 2016-2018.” EFSA asked...more

NIOSH Publishes PPOP on Nanotechnology Research Center

On June 15, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a number of Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOP), including a May 2016 PPOP on the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC)....more

FSANZ Publishes Reports on the Use of Nanotechnology in Food Additives and Packaging

In June 2016, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced the availability of two reports on the potential use of nanotechnologies in existing food additives and food packaging. FSANZ retained an expert...more

Mexico Begins Public Consultation on Draft Nanotechnology Standards

On May 3, 3016, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy published a notice beginning a public consultation on two draft nanotechnology standards. Proposed standard PROY-NMX-R-80004-5-SCFI-2015 is identical to ISO/TS 80004-5:2011,...more

Proposed Harmonized Classification and Labeling Would Apply to Nanosized Titanium Dioxide

On May 31, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) began a public consultation on a harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposal submitted by France for titanium dioxide. The proposed entry in Annex VI of the...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, May 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - Office Of Inspector General Considers Pesticide Imports: In a memorandum dated April 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) informed EPA that...more

EU NanoSafety Cluster Publishes “Closer to the Market” Roadmap

On April 19, 2016, the European Union (EU) NanoSafety Cluster announced the availability of the “Closer to the Market” Roadmap (CTTM). The NanoSafety Cluster states that the CTTM is a “multi-dimensional, stepwise plan...more

NNCO Accepting Registrations for SME and NanoEHS Webinars

On May 11, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that will focus on the experiences, successes, and challenges for SMEs working in...more

Registration Now Open for 2016 U.S.-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop

Registration is now open for the June 6-7, 2016, U.S.-European Union (EU) “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts” joint workshop. The workshop will bring together the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (COR), which serve as a...more

SNWG Submits Comments on NIOSH Draft CIB on Silver Nanomaterials

On April 18, 2016, the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) submitted comments on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) draft NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin: Health Effects of...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, April 2016

EPA Issues SNUR For TCE: On April 8, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for trichloroethylene (TCE). 81 Fed. Reg....more

OSTP Blog Item Notes Recent Reports Highlighting Continued Federal Commitment To NanoEHS

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted on April 11, 2016, a blog item, authored by Lloyd Whitman, OSTP, and Dr. Treye Thomas, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), entitled “Supporting Responsible...more

OECD Publishes Report on Delegation Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently posted a March 29, 2016, report entitled Developments in Delegations on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials — Tour de Table. The report compiles...more

NIOSH Publishes Nanotechnology Safety Program Guide for SMEs

On April 4, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled Building a Safety Program to Protect the Nanotechnology Workforce: A Guide for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises....more

NNI Publishes Supplement to the President’s 2017 Budget

On March 31, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published its supplement to the President’s 2017 budget request. The supplement also serves as the NNI annual report called for under the provisions of the 21st...more

NNCO Announces Availability Of QEEN Workshop Report

On March 28, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of a report entitled Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials (QEEN) from Manufactured Products: Addressing...more

NNI Agencies Announce Nanotechnology Signature Initiative for Water Sustainability

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) issued a March 23, 2016, press release concerning the launch of a Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI), Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Nanoscale Solutions for a...more

ECHA Announces New Approach on Hazard Assessment for Nanoforms

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on March 23, 2016, a new publication co-authored with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Joint Research Center (JRC) that illustrates...more

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